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NEA Announces Grants, Says Video Games Will Count As Art

Posted 07.18.2011 | Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) made two important announcements this week. Along with its annual crop of grant recipients, the agency relea...

Penguins Can't Fly... But They Can Soar

Freddie Gershon | Posted 06.26.2011 | Arts
Freddie Gershon

In my blog "Look Papi... I Did It", I identified P.94 and their experience with disabled children who defied prognostication by breaking through and f...

Mister President: The Kennedy Center for What?

Freddie Gershon | Posted 06.19.2011 | Entertainment
Freddie Gershon

The Kennedy Center is a physical, tangible as well as an organic living reminder of the Kennedy years and a legacy of a President who brought idealism...

Far From Frivolous

Michael Kahn | Posted 06.07.2011 | Arts
Michael Kahn

At a time when every federal budget dollar is being hotly contested, I relish the opportunity to make my case for how fundamental the arts are to our economy.

UK Arts Funding Slashed

AP | By JILL LAWLESS | Posted 05.30.2011 | Arts

LONDON -- Hundreds of British arts organizations had their public funding slashed or eliminated Wednesday, the result of government spending cuts aime...

What Philadelphia's Census Numbers Tell Us About the Arts and the Changing City

Gary P. Steuer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Gary P. Steuer

The connection between the changing demographics of the city and the arts should be obvious. Our "traditional" (i.e. not community-based) arts groups must find a way to thrive.

Highlights This Week: Palin, Protests and Porn

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

This week on HuffPost Arts has been both inspiring and a bit of a downer. On one hand, a young girl overcame having no fingers on one hand to play th...

Governor Palin Viewing the Abyss and the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Raymond J. Learsy

To question whether the government should fund these institutions is a legitimate issue. But to refer to the NEA and NEH as 'frivolous' institutions becomes a reflection on her wisdom and character.

VOTE: House Votes to Defund NPR, Are You Outraged?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

On Thursday the House voted to defund NPR with a vote of 228-192. It is unlikely the measure will be supported in the Democratic-controlled Senate. ...

Sarah Palin Slams National Endowment For The Arts

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Television commentator and half-term Alaska governor Sarah Palin trashed the National Endowment for the Arts recently, describing the agency as "frivo...

My Trip to Zanzibar

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

Traveling from Nairobi to Zanzibar is like traveling from New York City to Key West. Zanzibar is an island off the east coast of Africa. While it le...

The Separation Of Art And State: Why Obama's National Endowment Cuts Are Healthy

Travis Korte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Travis Korte

"The ants on the crucifix" should be a synonym for "the writing on the wall". This winter, the Smithsonian Institute removed an artwork that had anger...

The Battle for Arts in Schools Is a Battle, Consumers Can't Afford to Lose

Judy Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Judy Shapiro

The research supporting the need for Arts within an educational system is uncontroversial. Kids exposed to the Arts within their school do better academically and emotionally.

Chinese Government Funds Free Entry To Galleries, Libraries, Museums

news.xinhuanet.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

BEIJING, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- China's government has announced it will finance public libraries, art galleries and cultural centers to allow them to op...

Obama's Budget Would Cut Funding To Arts Organizations, Education

Arts Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

In the administration's fiscal 2012 budget request, released Monday, the National Endowment for the Arts was penciled in for $146.2 million....

What the Heck Is a "Humanity"?

Jim Noles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jim Noles

It was engineers and scientists that, for example, raced death to find a vaccine for polio. But where, one wonders, did men like Goethals and Salk find their moments of inspiration for their scientific goals?

Never Less Theatre, But Perhaps Fewer Buildings

Lauren Gunderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lauren Gunderson

Abundant but concentrated theatrical events would focus and share audiences, while focusing and sharing resources for artists.

Conservative Republicans Propose Eliminating Arts And Culture Funding

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

It happened first in schools and is now proposed on a national scale - the continued cutting down of arts and culture funding. A group of conservat...

Library Stripped Completely Bare By Residents

newyorker.com | Rachel Hurn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Last week, the Stony Stratford library, in the district of Milton Keynes, England, experienced a run. As in "a run on the library," in which more than...

My Visit to Croatia

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Croatia is the rule in this world, not the exception. This is why people who do not feel bounded by the grants they receive from their own governments are so important.

When I Grow Up I Want to Be... an Art Historian?

Rebecca Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Rebecca Taylor

Children often fill in the blank with a myriad of respectable positions -- doctor, lawyer, police officer, teacher, etc. -- but few proclaim their intent to be an art historian. I was that rare exception.

Funding the Arts Supports the Creative Spirit of Our Nation

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

It takes private and public sector leaders with vision to understand what Francis Scott Key understood in the mist on that morning with a poem, a song, a flag, and the future in his sight.

Stretching a Buck

Bill Lasarow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Bill Lasarow

Public budget debates continue to play out as government enters its new fiscal year on July 1st. Fears continue to mount that important community organizations may be dismantled.

Arts Leaders Blast NY Gov. Paterson's Proposed Slash of Culture Funding

Leonard Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Leonard Jacobs

Part of what is driving Paterson to institute the whopping 40% cut to arts is the terminally dysfunctional state legislature, which is more than one month late approving a budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year.

Advocates Target NY Arts Cuts: Extent of Possible Job Losses Remain Unknown

Leonard Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Leonard Jacobs

Arts advocacy organizations are launching an all-hands-on-deck effort to force Paterson to retreat on his proposal of a 40 percent cut to New York State Council on the Arts.